A MANY-SPLENDOURED THING
Polly Kirkham has been cared for by Mormons after being orphaned. In the winter of 1846 the Mormons are driven from their homes in Illinois and Polly is part of a small band of pioneers struggling westward to the Rocky Mountains. On the way they meet with Major Dart Richards of the US Cavalry. The major intrigues and attracts Polly, but after a disastrous love affair he has vowed never to become involved with another woman. Why is it then, that instead of enjoying the pleasures of his home in St Louis, he finds himself instead shepherding a small company of women, children, oxen, goats and hens across two thousand miles of Indian-infested, ice-bound country?